Rhona Mitra

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Rhona Mitra
Rhona Mitra (Straighten Colors).jpg
Mitra in January 2009
Born Rhona Natasha Mitra
(1976-08-09) 9 August 1976 (age 37)
Paddington, London, England, UK
Occupation Actress, model, singer, songwriter
Years active 1995–present

Rhona Natasha Mitra (born 9 August 1976),[1][2][3][4] sometimes credited as Rona Mitra, is an English actress, model and singer. Mitra began her career as a model and first came to prominence as the Lara Croft model between 1997 and 1998. After completing her stint as Lara Croft, she concentrated on acting and is best known for her roles as Holly Marie Begins on the sixth season of Party of Five (1999–2000); as Tara Wilson on the final season of The Practice (2003–2004) and the first and second seasons of Boston Legal (2004–2005); as Detective Kit McGraw on the third season of Nip/Tuck (2005); as Sonja in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009); and as Major Rachel Dalton on the third and fourth seasons of Strike Back (2012–2013). She has a lead role in the television series The Last Ship (2014).

Early life[edit]

Mitra was born in Paddington, London, the daughter of Anthony Mitra, a cosmetic surgeon, and Nora Downey. She has a brother, Jason, who is two years older, and a younger brother, Guyan, who is a travel writer for Lonely Planet and The Sunday Times.[5] Her father is of English and Hindu Indian descent and her mother is Irish.[6] Her paternal grandfather was from Bengal, India.

Career[edit]

Mitra appeared as the live action model for Lara Croft, the lead character in Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider video game series before Angelina Jolie took the role for the two Tomb Raider films (2001–2003).[7] Mitra was ranked No. 46 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.[8] She played the romantic interest of Christopher Lambert in Beowulf. Her first main role came as Scott Wolf's illicit love interest on Party of Five. In 2000, Mitra had a small role in the film Hollow Man, as a neighbor assaulted by Kevin Bacon's character. She had a main role in medical drama Gideon's Crossing, as Dr. Alejandra "Ollie" Klein. Mitra then had roles in Ali G Indahouse, Sweet Home Alabama, Stuck on You, and leading roles in Highwaymen and Spartacus. Mitra appeared in the final season of The Practice as Tara Wilson, and continued that role into its spin-off Boston Legal, but left not long into the second season. In 2005, Mitra played the role of Kit McGraw during Season 3 of Nip/Tuck. Mitra then went on to appear in Skinwalkers, The Number 23 and Shooter.

In 2008, Mitra starred in the lead role of the science fiction/action film Doomsday as Major Eden Sinclair (sometimes mistakenly named in some databases as being Caryn Peterson), and in 2009 went on to star in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans as Sonja, the daughter of the powerful vampire elder Viktor (played by Bill Nighy). While filming, she grew fond of her vampire fangs, even declining to remove them when they couldn't be seen. "I put those fangs on the first day and I felt they should always have been there; it's strange. So I kept them in through the entire time of shooting, throughout all my dialogue and everything."[9] She also appeared in three episodes of Stargate Universe.

Mitra in 2007

She stars in the 2010 Anders Anderson thriller film Stolen, alongside Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm and James Van Der Beek.[10] She portrayed Claire Radcliff in the 2010 ABC supernatural series The Gates.[11] She played Major Rachel Dalton on Cinemax's series Strike Back: Project Dawn, replacing Amanda Mealing.[12]

In 2014, she played Dr. Rachel Scott in Michael Bay's post-apocalyptic TV Series The Last Ship.

Nominations[edit]

Rhona Mitra was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2006 from Boston Legal TV Series. She was also nominated in 2009 for Scream Awards for Best Actress from Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Eddie Izzard: Glorious Groupie Video
1998 Kid in Aladdin's Palace, AA Kid in Aladdin's Palace Sheherazade Video
1998 Croupier Girl with Joint
1998 Monk Dawson Mollie Jolliffe
1999 How to Breed Gibbons Juliet Short film
1999 Beowulf Kyra
2000 Hollow Man Sebastian's Neighbor
2000 Get Carter Geraldine
2002 Ali G Indahouse Kate Hedges
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Tabatha Wadmore-Smith
2003 Life of David Gale, TheThe Life of David Gale Berlin
2003 Stuck on You Bus Stop Bombshell
2004 Highwaymen Molly Poole
2006 Skinwalkers Rachel Talbot
2007 Number 23, TheThe Number 23 Laura Tollins
2007 Shooter Alourdes Galindo
2008 Doomsday Eden Sinclair
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Sonja
2009 Separation City Katrien Becker
2009 Stolen Barbara Adkins
2010 Reuniting the Rubins Andie Rubin
2014 Loft, TheThe Loft Allison Completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Ghostbusters of East Finchley Cass Episode: "1.5"
1996 Bill, TheThe Bill Sarah Wickes Episode: "Outer"
1997 Lust for Glorious First French Babe TV film
1997 Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, TheThe Man Who Made Husbands Jealous Flora Seymour TV miniseries
1999–2000 Party of Five Holly Marie Beggins Recurring role (12 episodes)
2000 Secret Agent Man Lacey Sullivan Episode: "Supernaked"
2000–2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Alejandra Ollie Klein Main role (20 episodes)
2003–2004 Practice, TheThe Practice Tara Wilson Main role (22 episodes)
2004 Spartacus Varinia TV miniseries
2004 Boston Legal Tara Wilson Main role (20 episodes)
2005 Nip/Tuck Kit McGraw Recurring role (5 episodes)
2010 Stargate Universe Commander Kiva Episodes: "Subversion", "Incursion: Parts 1 & 2"
2010 Gates, TheThe Gates Claire Radcliff Main role (13 episodes)
2012 Crisis Point Cameron Grainger TV film
2012–2013 Strike Back Maj. Rachel Dalton Regular role (14 episodes)
2014 The Last Ship Dr. Rachel Scott TV series, filming

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Getting Naked" (1997)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhona Mitra Biography,
  2. ^ Fansite for the actress Rhona Mitra
  3. ^ Celebrity Birthdays Today
  4. ^ Wiki Answers
  5. ^ James Mottram (2008-05-03). "Rhona Mitra: she's Mad Max in mascara for Brit thriller Doomsday". The Times. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  6. ^ Rhona Mitra ethnicity
  7. ^ a b "The Laras: a look back in danger". BBC News. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2001". FreeJose.com. 
  9. ^ "Mitra Mad About Her Vampire Fangs", ContactMusic, January 30, 2009. Accessed May 12, 2012.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (2010-02-03). "IFC pays for 'Stolen' rights Thriller to air on video on demand before theaters". Variety.com. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  11. ^ "ABC to Open the First Seventeen Minutes of The Gates". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Rhona Mitra to Join Cinemax Action Drama 'Strike Back' as Female Lead in Season 2". Deadline.com, January 6, 2012. Accessed May 12, 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Lara-Model als Popstar?". Spiegel Online (in German) (Spiegel-Verlag). 11 November 1999. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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Preceded by
Nathalie Cook
Lara Croft model
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Nell McAndrew